FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- For Fairfield County residents bracing for the approaching snowstorm, the news is getting worse.
A total of 10 to 14 inches of snow is now expected to fall Thursday across all of Fairfield County after the National Weather Service increased its forecast snow totals late Wednesday afternoon.
The large nor'easater, which stretches from Texas to Massachusetts, should begin dropping snow overnight at about 3 a.m., Thursday. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect starting at midnight and running until Friday, Feb. 14, at 6 a.m.
The snow could be heavy at times Thursday morning and produce strong, gusty winds. It is expected to wreak havoc with morning traffic and cause closures of schools, businesses and stores across the area. Travel conditions will be treacherous with the significant snowfall.
The newest projection for snowfall accumulation is for 10 to 14 inches for Fairfield County and as much as 18 inches in parts of northern Westchester and Putnam counties in New York. Some areas north and west could see even more snowfall. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s to low 30s, with northeast winds of 10 to 20 mph and gusts of up to 30 mph.
Snow will fall in the morning, with snow and freezing rain possible in the afternoon. A coating of ice is possible along with the daytime accumulation of 6 to 10 inches.
More freezing rain and sleet will come Thursday evening and turn again to snow at about 10 p.m. New snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 7 inches is possible.
The heavy, wet snow combined with gusting winds could cause trees and power lines to fall and cause weak, flat roof structures to collapse.
There is a gale warning in effect as well for Long Island Sound.
Periods of snow should continue until around the early morning hours of Friday.
The melting will begin early, with the outlook for Friday, Valentine’s Day, calling for sunny skies during the day and a high in the upper 30s.